Would I put my eggs in that basket? Well, if you’re referring to Amy Poehler’s, then yes, yes I most definitely would put my eggs in her basket. Writer/director, Michael McCullers, put all of his eggs in Tina Fey’s basket for this movie and, pardon the pun, out popped a winner. Baby Mama was incredibly stupid in the most intelligent way. Everything about it, aside from the first 15 minutes or so, was completely entertaining. I don’t know if it was the A list cast (Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver, Maura Tierney, and cameos by Will Forte and Fred Armisen), but there weren’t many dull moments in this movie.
Tina Fey stars as Kate Holbrook, a career woman whose proverbial “clock” is ticking. Kate wants a baby, and she wants it bad, bad enough to implant it in a wire-haired, white-trash Amy Poehler (Angie Ostrowiski). Kate is a VP at a Whole Foods-like company called Round Earth. Working her way up the corporate ladder has inevitably prevented Kate from getting married and having children, and after finding out that the chances of her conceiving are very slim, she decides to look into surrogacy. After Angie submits a fraudulent application, she is selected to be Kate’s surrogate mother.
As the pregnancy moves along, we meet Kate’s love interest, Rob, played by Greg Kinnear. His character is equally as wonderful as the others, and aside from a few awkward relationship moments, Greg and Tina’s dynamic is great. We also start to see more of the doorman of Kate’s apartments, Oscar, played by Romany Malco (40 Year-old Virgin, Weeds), who supplies quite a few memorable funny moments while he helps Angie get through her pregnancy.
Steve Martin’s role as Kate’s new-age boss was by far my favorite. I can just see him sitting in his office, cross-legged listening to Yanni. He is hilarious, not to mention the fact that he has the most quotable lines in the movie including, “Put your palms on my palms and let me whisper to you the secret of success,” but you’ll have to see the movie to find out what that secret is. Sigourney Weaver also has a small role as the über-fertile owner of the surrogate company, and I really wish she had a bigger part in the movie since she is so incredibly talented.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with Baby Mama, considering the fact that I wasn’t expecting much. Since it is slightly in the romantic comedy genre, the audience can probably put two and two together to figure out the ending, which is pretty predictable. The ending will most likely be the only thing to bother most people, but let’s not forget that this is a comedy, so don’t expect anything spectacular from it.